John 11

John 11

3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

This is the story of Lazurus, but as I read thoughts come to mind that “the one you love” is us. This sickness will not prevail in the end even in death because even in death, those that believe will rise again. God’s glory can be seen through all things good, bad, and the like.

6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

Even though many people of this world have fought to keep Jesus out, He comes back still. He comes to save every soul even though He is rejected by so many. He wants us all to see the light so we no longer stumble in the dark. It is through tough times that some will leave the dark behind. Jesus knows this and will at times allow darkness for a time so His light can be seen.

11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

He is always here to wake us up.

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Do you believe? If so, then you live in the comfort that Paul decribes in Phillipans 1:21 “to live is Christ, to die is gain.” When we leave this world we arise to see our glorious Lord’s face. I want to fulfill every purpose I have here on earth, but I long for the ultimate gain I receive when I wake up in heaven with the true Love of my life. Thanks to my Saviour, death does not scare me. For on the cross to the tomb to resurrection, Jesus beat death for us all that believe. Do you believe?

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Prayer for the lost

Why do people reject God? Deny the very thought of Him? I can understand if they have felt like they have always had harsh judgement upon them and life has been full of situations that left them wondering why any God would allow such things. But on another hand, someone else goes through the same difficulties and is brought out healed and restored by their faith in God. While the other struggles, constantly searching for ways to heal, to be rescued. Maybe someone believes they went to God for help and since it didnt happen how they felt it needed to then God is either against them or not there. I feel I have always been blessed with the knowledge there is a God. I have always felt His presence even when I strayed. I have someone very close to me that has chosen to deny God. This is someone I love very much. It hurts my heart. I ask you to join me in prayer over this person and any person you have close to you.

Dear Lord, I pray over the lost. You know there is one near and dear to me. Lord, how I wish I could just lay a hand on them and let Your love flow thru. How I wish when I remove my hand they understand and know You. I have prayed for so long and I know you hear me. That soul inside of him belongs to You and longs for You. I pray you wipe away the influence that is keeping him from accepting You. I pray You turn his heart of stone to flesh and soften His attitude towards You. I pray You help all understand that the universe is not god. The maker of the universe is God. Please help them understand the danger of thinking God and universe are the same. You are so much more! Please take away all influence and demonic interference that keeps the eyes from seeing, the ears from hearing, and the heart from feeling You. Please, try again Lord. Til the last breath and then some…try again. Thank You Jesus, Your love is mighty. You want this even more than I. Salvation is Your will and I pray this in faith that Your will be done. I love You. In Christ name, Amen

Prayer

Lord, I pray not another state is put under a stay at home order. I pray this virus just vanishes into thin air. I pray that ones that can not work from home will be able to safely go to work and still be paid. Lord, above all my requests I pray that you help us accept Your will with total trust and faith that You will take care of us. Even if You allow this to continue, I walk in faith that all bad will turn to good for those that love You. I know You hold Your promises secure and You have promised You will provide all we need. Help us to stay content through loss and show the world what Your peace and love looks like. I pray for the vunerable in all this that they are protected and remain healthy. Thank You for the peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank You that when I feel overwhelmed I can bring it to You and feel Your love and peace envelope me. Thank You Lord. In Christ name, Amen

Temptation

I listened to the story of Jesus and Barabbas the other day. It had me thinking about all the battles with temptation. You know that one or two things that are really tough for you? The ones you pray hard over and wish God would just take them away cause the battle is so hard and you keep failing. So, you have Jesus, good and pure and full of love and then you have Barabbas, evil, hateful, all the bad things a person can be. They are both wrapped in chains and set before the crowd. Pilate tells the crowd to choose. Which of them do they want to set free? The next time the temptation hits you, whatever that thing is that you have really been working on, picture yourself in that crowd, given that choice. Will you remove the chains from Jesus or Barabbas?

Prayer over fear

Lord, in Your name I speak over this virus and the fear and panic it has caused. You say resist the devil and he has no choice but to flee. Where You are he has no power. He is a conquered foe. I speak in complete faith and reliance on Your promise that You are in control of this. Ask not, have not…so I ask of You to release this fear, to renew in us a new spirit Lord, to remind us that You take care of the birds in the sky and You hold us even higher than them. What can man or virus do unto us when we have You? I am thankful that You will take every bad circumstance of this virus and use it for Your good. Im thankful that I dont have to sit back and worry constantly knowing that You have promised to provide my needs. I pray this over everyone out there that they turn their hearts towards You so they can live in the same confidence that You have given me that I have NOTHING to fear. That I am to worry over NOTHING. Thank you Lord for easing anxiety, depression, worry and fear. Thank You Lord that this virus will clear out quickly and not a speck will be left behind. I thank you Lord that all tragedies will turn to blessings and people see You and Your good work through all of this. I pray for the lost Lord that are living in such fear over this. I pray for those trying to rely on their own strength and finding ways of comforting themselves without turning to You. I thank you that You are right there waiting for them with open arms. I ask forgiveness and thank You for Your grace when I fall short of the trust and faith I know to always have in You. We love You Lord, we trust You. Thank You for not forsaking us. In Christ name I pray, Amen

Protecting God

I am a very protective person. Once I care about you, I got your back. Someone swings on you then Im swinging on them. That has always been my nature. Let me tell you my downfall on this characteristic of mine. When I hear someone speak bad about God, Jesus, or my faith….I want to swing. I get mad more than concerned. Show me someone that is on the fence and Ill come running to try to love them over to the Savior’s side. Show me someone that is all the way over the other side and I am MAD. At THEM. I have been praying for guidance on this and God has finally shown me that I am trying to protect Him. Can you imagine that? Little ol me trying to protect God? Yall, this is the mindset that starts religious wars. And I dont want that. Even though I have learned to bite my tongue, my heart still fills with anger. Anger in the heart always finds a way out. People against God dont need my anger, and God certainly does not need my protection.

Lord,
Thank You for showing me where I need to love more and put my anger down. Please help us all to see where we can be a light in the darkness, even in the darkest of places. Please remind us that our reactions can be seeds planted of good in Your favor. In Christ Name, Amen

2 Timothy 2:23-26

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

Matthew 5:43-48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? …

Joy of Conviction

Does conviction scare you? It used to scare me, too. I used to read bible verses and feel it and think “oh great, here is something else I do wrong. Just another thing that makes me a big ol disappointment.” I am forever grateful that God kept showing me His love and giving me words of encouragement thru sermons and bible studies. I am forever thankful that God answered my prayers for wisdom and to understand Him better. Now when I feel conviction I push aside condemnation and become excited for the next change God is going to make in me. When I felt condemned I felt that I was the one that had to change it. I worried over it. Tried with my own might to change. Then I learned more and more about how God really works. About how much He really loves me. And as long as I keep my heart turned towards Him and practice my faith in Him fully trusting Him, then change comes on its own. Do you know your Father like that? In this world we learn it is hard to trust people. But God is not people. Learn Him. Love Him. And you will find your joy in His conviction as well.

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

The monster in me

A couple years ago I kept a journal. Well, I loosely kept a journal. When I felt overwhelmed with thoughts battling in my head then I would write it down. One entry I wrote that I just wanted God to transform the monster in me. I remember how I felt when I wrote that. I felt so far behind. I had such an ache in my heart for realizing how wrong I had been living my life. Part of me thought that living blindly felt better because I didnt have this realization back then. I felt scared because, what if I couldnt change? What if I had gone too far and I was too damaged? No matter how I felt I forced myself to push forward. I prayed for the strength to push forward. I stood away from the crowd for a minute and focused on my relationship with God. I focused on being obedient as best I could. I soaked up church, sermons, bible study like never before, and for a while that was all I listened to. Change started to appear. Sometimes I felt like I had leaped over a wide river. Other times I felt like I was barely shuffling an inch at a time. Im overjoyed to say God has transformed the monster in me. I will always have work to do. I will always pray for God to keep me on the potter’s wheel. But that ache in my heart? It’s gone. Love has taken its place. I want that love to grow and overflow onto EVERYONE I meet. I dont know what your journey will be but I know someone out there is ready to start. I pray for you, with you and about you. Happy trails, friend! The road ahead is glorious!

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
2 Thessalonians 3:5

Do you hear Me?

There are times I get confused about how I should feel or confused about a verse I read. I pray for God to give me wisdom over it. Then I start to notice devotionals about the topic. My daily verses will be similar to the topic. Different things will start to guide my thoughts on it and suddenly the light comes on. I grasp an understanding. Then I hear this voice, and I wish I could explain it better because I dont really hear it. It isnt like a thought in my head either. Its like a feeling. I feel God’s words in my heart say “Do you understand?” Or “Do you hear Me?”. Of course God knows if I understand or if I heard Him. I believe that is His way of letting me know that was Him. The understanding doesnt always bring about instant change but it does give me something to strive for. It gives me direction. Something to aim at. And one thing I have learned is: if you dont have aim…where are you going? In circles? Zig zagging to avoid the bullets of life? Where is your aim? Look to God. He is your first and most constant aim. Let Him guide you from there.

Isaiah 30:21

21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”